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Tsum valley Trek

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Price starting from

$1,456 USD 1,035

per person

Duration

15 days

Max. Elevation

3724m

Group size

2+ Above

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
private vehicle, Public bus tickets
Best Season
February-May, September-December
Accomodation
Three-star Hotel in Kathmandu; best Available Lodges on route trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu; three meals such a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cup of tea)
Starts at
kathmandu
Ends at
kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Arughat Bazaar-Soti Khola-Machha-Khola-Jagat-Lokpa-Chumling-Chhokang Paro-Nile-Mu Gomba-Chumling-Jagat-Machha-Khola-Soti Khola-Kathmandu

Highlights

  • A short and scenic adventure around scenic Tsum, a valley of happiness.
  • Stunning location in between massif Ganesh and Manaslu Himalaya range.
  • A hidden valley a new Shangri-La towards far north of Nepal Mid-West.
  • Amazing country from green forests to barren, arid Tibetan landscapes.
  • Explore lovely traditional villages adorned with an impressive culture.
  • Away from mainstream trails in the complete wilderness within a scenic valley.

Overview

Tsum Valley Trek, an adventure to Nepal Far Mid-West Himalaya, takes you towards the remote north end of the Gorkha district Manaslu region. Where it touches the border of Southern West Tibet, which allows visitors to immerse themselves into an impressive age-old culture.

In the close backdrop of massif Ganesh Himal, also called Yangra at7,422 m and 24,450 feet high. With Shringi Himal 7, 083 m / 23, 238 feet, and Mt. Manaslu the world's 8th tallest at 8, 163 m / 26,781 feet.

For hundreds of years, the country remained forbidden for outside travelers but opened its door from 2008 onwards. But with some restrictions allow few groups of visitors on paying a special fee to enter Tsum the valley of happiness. A perfect adventure for trekkers in search of a fresh new country to explore and to immerse in a wonderful location.

This trek offers the vivid culture of ancient days in the close harmony of beautiful views of the snow mountains. Where villages still practice the old traditional farm life and raise livestock of yaks, goats, and sheep. Tsum valley was also a gateway to Tibet from Mid-West Nepal following the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade route.

An amazing country to experience once in your lifetime, where Hiker Himalaya will guide you to this hidden marvelous land. The Tsum Valley, taking a drive from Kathmandu to reach around Gorkha low farm areas of Arughat and Soti-Khola.

Where our adventure and walk begin following the raging Buri-Gandaki River upstream fed on the glaciers of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Walk heads above sub-tropical farm villages to reach a cooler alpine zone covered in a lovely forest of pines and rhododendron trees.

Encountering several hill villages of Maccha-Khola, Tatopani a place with a natural hot spring, and Jagat to reach Lokpa. The route to Tsum Valley diverts on leaving the main trail of the Manaslu circuit to enter the first village of Tsum at Chumling.

From here onwards into the forgotten land a Shangri-La, overlooking views of the great snow peaks of Ganesh, Shringi Himal. As the trek progress enjoy the exciting surrounding views and local immense traditional heritage and culture around the villages.

Walk heads higher for overnight stops at Chumling, Chhkang Paro, and the Nile to reach, the final destination at Mu Gomba. Staying at Nile (pronounced as Neele) for two more overnights, as this village provides better accommodation and meals than at Mu Gomba. On the way to Mu Gomba with vast windswept terrain, that resembles the Tibetan plateau of dry and arid landscapes.

At Mu Gomba, visit the monastery interior steeped with ancient idols of Buddha, saints, and other famous Gurus. The oldest monasteries in the region of more than 500 years old history. Located on the laps of the high Himalayan range of North of Ganesh Himal, known as Yantra, in the local language of Tibetan origin.

Explore the area, as well as the land where elusive snow leopards and herds of blue sheep are often seen around. Back to the Nile for the return journey with time to visit Guru Millerepa meditation cave a great saint of the 11th century. Milarepa, a poet, singer, and tantric guru his good word of wisdom is still remembered by natives to this day.

The walk is easier on the way down with a few short climbs to encounter heading past the lovely villages of Philm, Jagat. As route leads into green vegetation of tall tree lines to reach at Soti-Khola for the drive back to Kathmandu.

Enjoy the long and exciting drive past rural farm villages and towns, and then on the main highway to reach Kathmandu. Where our overwhelming adventure concludes in Kathmandu, after a wonderful experience on Tsum Valley Trek.

Physical fitness:

Tsum Valley is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You do not need the experience of hiking or hiking past but if you do any kind of hiking activities it is always a plus! We've met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek.

The only hard part is when the disease attacks the height and the effect it can have on your body. Before going to Nepal, it is better to be physically ready by increasing your stamina and oxygen levels.

Experience cultural heritage and the unique life of the locals:

The locals are kind, humble, and friendly. People who live far away from modern society and prosperity are highly committed to their family, community, and faith. Buddhism is the main religion practiced by the locals in this region.

A cave in the hills is believed to have been mediated by a very famous Buddhist saint named Milarepa. On the trail, you will find many monasteries, stupas, gem walls, and prayer flags.

Packing list for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek:

The following lists are the essential trekking gear that is recommended for trekking in Nepal and all listed gears can also buy easily in Kathmandu, Kathmandu has a number of shops selling the necessary clothes and gear for trekkers.

A few pairs of Thermal tops

    • Fleece jacket/pullover
    • Windcheater - waterproof shell jacket one pair
    • Down jacket -( It will be provided by the company if you do not have your own)
    • Comfortable Fleece/wool trousers
    • Trekking pants- at least 2 pairs
    • Mittens/woolen gloves
    • Warm Hiking socks
    • Trekking sue with spare laces
    • Pair of flip flop
    • Underwears & Swiming costume
    • Hiking Cotton trousers/t-shirts
    • Sun hat/scarf
    • Sunglasses
    • Sleeping bag -( It will be provided by the company if you do not have your own)
    • Trekking poles (Not 100%)
    • Day bag above 40 L
    • 1 set- Headlamp
    • Small lock for the day backpack
    • Reusable water bottles- 2 letters
    • Water purification tablets/ electric light
    • Wash towel
    • Toiletries (wet tissue, quick-drying towel, toilet paper, moisturizers, lip balms, sunscreens, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clipper, small mirror, toothpaste & brush, etc)
    • Rain poncho
    • Basic personal first aid kit

    Important Note

    • The cost will be valued by Your standard of hotels, service, group size, and other extra activities. Please kindly let us know.
    • If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip, itinerary, or your suitability for other trips, please contact us.

    Trip Itinerary

    Day

    1

    On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received by our guide and staff for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms, and then meet other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for briefing. The briefing includes important information regarding Tsum Valley Trek, to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Three-star category hotel Kathmandu
    distance: 5 kilometers from Airpot to Thamel 

    Day

    2

    A free day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek includes a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley at places of great historical and religious interest.

    The city is steeped with ancient world heritage sites, where the tour takes you around renowned landmarks, like the old Durbar / Palace Square with old Swayambhunath of more than 2,500 years old Stupa, a Buddhist religious monument. Includes holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and large dome stupa of Bouddhanath of great cultural and religious interest.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Three-star category hotel Kathmandu

    Day

    3

    Starting early morning after a hearty breakfast, board in a vehicle, as to the size of a group, either in four-wheel drive or in a comfortable coach or public bus. As drive lead on the main highway past many interesting towns and villages with farms areas to reach low warm areas of Gorkha district in Arughat.

    From here drive continues following Buri-Gandaki River upstream past paddy fields and terraces to reach Soti-Khola/ Machha kola for the first overnight stop on the way to Tsum valley.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse sotikhola
    Distance: 136.5 Kilometers

    Day

    4

    First day walks begin after a long drive to Soti-Khola, a morning trek following the river into a steep valley, covered in thick forest with several small villages that dot the hillside. Walk follows to a wide valley opposite a tributary stream that joins with the Buri-Gandaki River. On walks facing lovely views of cultivated terraced of Lap-Besi upper village as route descends to a wide, sandy riverbed following a trail that meanders below a steep, craggy valley side. As adventure progress a slow steady climb to Machha Khola for an overnight stop. A small village with several teashops and a small lodge, Maccha Khola means a Fish Stream. The village is growing bigger as the motor roads reach Machha-Khola in a short time.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse Machha Khola
    Distance: 14.1 Kilometers 

    Day

    5

    After a first-day walk and overnight in Maccha-Khola village, the second day leads through interesting farm villages within nice cultivated fields. As morning walk heads past Machha Khola (Fish Stream), where the name of the village derived and then towards upstream to reach Khola-Bensi village a place with Tatopani a natural 'hot spring'.

    The journey continues on a broad gravel field towards Lauri stream crossing over a bridge and then climbing on a high trail that leads to descending into an open valley of Yara Khola, as the trek continues for another hour to reach Jagat a nice hill village for an overnight stop.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse Jagat
    Distance: 22 Kilometers

    Day

    6

    From Jagat nice village with pleasant overnight, the morning starts downhill to long stone steps to reach the river, where our route climbs towards the terraced hillside of Saguleri.

    Enjoy views of Shringi Himal as the walk continues with ups and down to reach a bridge above the Buri-Gandaki River. Crossing over, where trail winds lead up to another large lovely village at Philm enriched with well-cultivated crop fields and terraces. From here past spread-out villages then climb to golden fields of wheat’s and barley to reach a rocky ridge top.

    The area is covered with dense bamboo forest as a walk leads to a lonely place at Eklai Bhatti, which means a lonely Inn, at present, this small settlement has been overgrown with more shops and tea-houses. After a short rest head towards Lokpa, as route diverts to the North West where Lokpa, a small hill village located for an overnight stop in a simple lodge. From here onward into more Buddhism strong culture.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse Lokpa
    Distance: 10.5 Kilometer

    Day

    7

    After a pleasant overnight stop at Lokpa, on leaving the main trail of Manaslu route, where walks lead to enter towards Tsum valley, proceed past few small farmlands and scattered villages with grand views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal range, slowly walk comes to an end on reaching Chumling, a nice and first village of Tsum area.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse Chumling
    Distance: 7.3 Kilometer

    Day

    8

    From Chumling onwards into a main glory and highlights of the adventure within Tsum the valley of happiness. Morning walk on a gradual winding trail with a small patch of the forested area of juniper, rhododendron, and pines. As route leads downhill to cross over a bridge above Smatiking Khola / stream, facing views of Ganesh Himal the local call as Yangra of Tibetan origin language.

    Walk up into a hillside with a slow gradual climb to Chhokang-Paro for an overnight stop, a nice moderate farm village with large crop fields growing potatoes, millets, barley, and buckwheat.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse Chumling
    Distance: 7.4 Kilometer

    Day

    9

    Today’s walk takes you inner valley of Tsum, an exciting morning trek to reach our main target, as the route lead on a nice pleasant winding path within an open and exposed terrain. Within dramatic arid and dry country similar to Tibetan plateau landscapes as well with local fascinating culture of Buddhism religion.

    Where walk takes you past a few prayer monuments, as tree lines give away for smaller juniper and dwarf rhododendron bushes known as Azaleas a flowering shrubs. The journey continues with closer views of Shringi and Ganesh Himal heading into a wide-open dry country to reach at nice village of Nile, pronounced as Neele also.

    Before the Nile one can take a side hike to Saint Millerepa meditation cave a great Guru of the 11th century, known as a poet, singer as well tantric guru. His folk stories, good words of wisdom, and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and the mountain villagers of Tsum and Manaslu areas to this day. On reaching the Nile check into a nice simple lodge with the warm hospitality of the native, with time to immerse with glorious views of snow peaks and surrounding beautiful scenery.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse Nile
    Distance: 4.9 Kilometer

    Day

    10

    At the Nile, with one more overnight stop as Mu Gomba, do not have good accommodation facilities and nice foods to serve. Most travelers stay at the Nile like we do because of a good lodge to stay with a variation of the food menu.

    After breakfast as well as carrying simple pack lunch, start the day hike to our main highlight destination at Mu Gomba, an old interesting monastery of the region. The walk starts with a steep climb towards high and dry country facing views of surrounding high peaks, and then slowly walk reach you at Mu Gomba.

    Enjoy a tour of the old and interesting monastery of Mu Gomba, which treasures antique important idols, statues, and relics. Mu Gomba is the highest spot on this trek around Tsum Valley. Taking a rest with an impressive tour of the monastery along with spectacular views of the high snow mountains of Ganesh HimalWalk back on the same scenic trail to Nile village on completing our sojourn at Mu Gomba the final destination of the adventure.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse Nile
    Distance: 4.9 Kilometer (

    Day

    11

    After an exciting and wonderful time around Tsum valley, the return journey leads towards lower elevation to react Chumling and back into tree lines along with green vegetation at Chumling village, for last and final overnight around Tsum Valley area.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse Chumling
    Distance: 15.5 Kilometer

    Day

    12

    From here walk further down to a much warmer area, as our return journey retrace on the same trail to Lokpa, where the Manaslu valley route meets. As a walk gets easier on losing much altitude within lush green vegetation and tree lines to reach our overnight halt at a nice village in Jagat.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse Jagat
    Distance: 19 Kilometer

    Day

    13

    A long day walk of more than six hours to reach further south following the Buri-Gandaki downstream crossing several bridges, with some refreshing stops, and past many rural farms, and villages to reach Machha Khola for the last overnight stop in the remote areas of Nepal Mid-West.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse Machha Khola 
    Distance: 19 Kilometer

    Day

    14

    Another long day today, to complete our marvelous adventure as early morning last day walk takes through a number of farm villages or take a bus drive to Kathmandu. Crossing bridges with short ups with more downhill towards low warm farm areas to reach back at Soti-Khola on the road-head. From here board in a four-wheel-drive or similar transport for a long and exciting drive to Kathmandu to conclude our wonderful and mesmerizing adventure on Tsum Valley Trekking.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner, (Breakfast Kathmandu Hotel)
    Accommodation: Teahouse Machha Khola (Kathmandu Hotel,- we will manage if you request it)
    Distance: 150 Kilometers

    Day

    15

    On your last day in Nepal, enjoying a memorable adventure and experience on Tsum Valley Trek, as a time for your international flight our staff transfer you to the airport for homeward bound.

    We trust you made some incredible memories with us. Thank you, have a safe journey home.
    Meal: Breakfast Included.

    Inclusions

    • The airport picks up and drops off Services by private vehicle.
    • 3-night accommodation three Star hotel in Kathmandu breakfast/wifi included, Twin Sharing basis.
    • Kathmandu sightseeing with tour guide by private vehicle.
    • Professional English-speaking trekking guide with a first aid kit.
    • Porter during the trek (1 Porter between 2 people).
    • Stuff, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment.
    • Three meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch dinner, and cup of tea).
    • special permits Tsum valley region.
    • Manaslu Conservation area permit.
    • Public bus transportation Kathmandu to the trek start point and trek endpoint to Kathmandu. 
    • tourists service charge, vat.
    • International airfare & Nepali visa fee.
    • lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Private Transportation Kathmandu to Trek start point, and Trek endpoint to Kathmandu.
    • personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porter and trekking person equipment, etc..).
    • Entrance fees for world Heritage areas.
    • Tips for staff (it is expected).

    Complimentary

      • farewell dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with a Nepali culture dance program.
      • Sleeping bag during the trek (to be returned after the trek).
      • Tsum valley area trekking map.
      • Sleeping bag during the trek, if needed (to be returned after the trip completion).
      • Fresh fruit each day (apple, orange).
      • Certificate of achievement.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    For many years it remained a forbidden and hidden country since it was opened in 2008 remained a restricted region for foreign visitors. The good reasons, to control the flow of travelers to preserve and conserve its natural pristine environment. The lodges around Tsum villages with limited accommodation for large groups of trekkers, the other reason due to close border with Tibet / China further north from Mu Gomba area.

    Every village based on the itinerary for overnight stops, do have electricity with hydropower, and some places with personal solar power where guest can charge their electronic gadgets like cell phone, laptop, etc…….. on paying some fees per hour for each item.

    Very limited places, in Gorkha town, if the driving route passes the area, or in Dhading Besi. The best is to change your money in Kathmandu for your conveyance. As you are trekking on remote areas of Nepal Himalaya, but to change cash of foreign currencies, where very few lodges on the route may accept to exchange into local Nepalese rupees. But no chances or facilities for ATMs or other credit cards besides Kathmandu or in major towns on the both-way drive. 


    The chances are small and rare, as the altitude gains gradually by the time you reach the Nile or Mu Gomba, where you will be well acclimatized by then. However, some people might catch a slight headache from altitude gain, it will soon recover having rest, drinking enough water that helps to acclimatize from the symptoms of AMS or altitude sickness. Our itinerary days with overnights stop helps to support acclimatization before reaching much higher destinations. For serious conditions, the sick person needs to be brought down to lower areas like Jagat or Arughat village as well back to Kathmandu, by fastest means of transport either hiring a local jeep, the best calling for helicopter service to reach the nearest and best place with medical facilities and hospitals.

    As you are trekking to the most remote part of the Himalaya, where facilities of good accommodation and food are much limited. From the village of Jagat, the lodges are very simple and basic, more of homestays like accommodation and food. For this reason, one needs to carry warm sleeping bags and some snacks, like chocolate, biscuits, cookies, or dry fruits. The rooms are neat and clean with common toilets and baths, the foods with a limited menu like a noodle, memo’s/dumpling either stuff with meat/vegetables, fried or plain boiled rice with mild vegetable curries served Dal the lentil soup of various types. Chappati (unleavened simple fresh bread), Tibetan bread, or Indian bread Puri / Paratha and Pancakes are available.

    Due to the nature of rough road conditions, after leaving the main highway towards Arughat town and Soti Khola. Using comfortable coach or four-wheel drives like jeep or land rover for mountain and hilly roads.

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